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Sunday July 22, 2012

IDB Awards $7M to Organizations in Latin America Working to Reduce Poverty

IDB Awards $7M to Organizations in Latin America Working to Reduce Poverty

Photo: Call for Proposals for Civil Society Projects

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the results of the Call for Proposals for Civil Society Projects that support low-income communities and vulnerable groups, funded through the IDB-managed Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Program.

The seven winning civil society organizations (CSOs) will execute projects in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru with a combined amount of $7 million.

The Bank received 1,885 proposals from 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and carried out a thorough evaluation process. The final selection was made by the government of Japan.

The organizations and winning proposals are:

    Fundación Colonia Pirai (Bolivia, $1,342,212). The Foundation’s project will contribute to the modernization of the Advanced School of Agriculture of Colonia Pirai in Santa Cruz, and increase its educational capacity for the benefit of rural and indigenous students.

    Progresar Fundación Centro de Educación Especial (Colombia, $300,000). The project, Supporting Productive Talents and Skills, will support the development and training of children, youth, and adults with disabilities in the city of Cali, so that they may play a more active role in their communities, schools, and homes.

    Plan International, Inc. Foster Parents Plan International - Plan Guatemala (Guatemala, $1,499,500). Their project to Improve Nutrition and Food Security for Vulnerable Populations will contribute to the reduction of food and nutritional insecurity for children and women from 1,925 families in 77 communities in the Department of Baja Verapaz.

    Partners of the Americas, Guyana Chapter (Guyana, $1,161,000). Their project Development of Sustainable Communities Through the Hydroponic Production of Organic Vegetables will provide opportunities to low-income households to become self-employed entrepreneurs in organic hydroponic farming.

    Fundación Nicaragua Nuestra (Nicaragua, $340,960). The project Working Together for a Dignified and Productive Life will help increase citizen security levels by integrating at-risk youth through activities that will strengthen their community.

    Fundación Comunitaria Centro de Información y Recursos para el Desarrollo (Paraguay, $1,477,952). The project Community-Based System for Pregnant Women and Newborn Healthcare will help in the effort to improve maternal and infant health conditions in the Department of Caazapá through the installation of a local system to extend access to government healthcare facilities.

    Asociación Civil Neoandina (Perú, $842,154). The project Strengthening Community and District Management to Improve Health and Food Security will strengthen the health management and food security capacities of families, communities, and institutions in order to improve the healthcare of pregnant women and children in the district of Jangas in Huaraz.